Directed by Wesley Ruggles
Screenplay by Howard Estabrook, based upon the novel by Edna Ferber
Starring Richard Dix and Irene Dunne
Here we are friends – after these many, long years together, with you diligently consuming every entry of The Best Picture Project, and me, less-diligently, producing them, we’ve reached the end of the road, where it all comes to an end. And coming here almost feels bittersweet, like somebody should cue Simon and Garfunkel’s Bridge Over Troubled Water, or Boyz II Men’s End of the Road, to play us out. And don’t worry about neither being appropriate for this occasion, because they’re hardly appropriate for the other occasion for which they are most associated – high school graduations. If they work there, why not here?
But I digress. Continue reading
Directed by Joe Wright
Screenplay By Christopher Hampton, based upon the novel by Ian McEwan
Starring James McAvoy, Keira Knightley, Saoirse Ronan, Benedict Cumberbatch and Juno Temple Continue reading
No Country For Old Men
Written and Directed by Joel and Ethan Coen
From the novel by Cormac McCarthy
Starring Tommy Lee Jones, Josh Brolin, Javier Bardem and Kelly Macdonald
There was a great debate in my house after watching No Country For Old Men, between me and my almost-14 year-old daughter, about whether No Country For Old Men, your 2007 Best Picture winner, was a more deserving film that what was presumably it’s fiercest competition, There Will Be Blood. And since she and I both generally agree that There Will Be Blood was the superior film, it’s not really much of a debate.
Back in late 2006, or early 2007, when I heard that the Coen’s were adapting Cormac McCarthy’s novel I went ahead and bought a copy of the book and read it. I’d never read anything by McCarthy but figured if the Coen’s felt him worthy of adaptation he couldn’t be all bad. Unfortunately, McCarthy can be a bit of a difficult writer – his prose is spare, unbroken by quotation marks, and though it might sometimes be ‘lyrical’ it can sometimes feel like a slog. Continue reading